this capital city of estonia was an unexpected favorite of ours.
as we wandered the empty cobblestone streets the first night we arrived,
we were in awe of the charm. it was a sunday night and the town was basically
shut down, giving us the streets to ourselves. the next day we realized how special
this was when the cruise ships unloaded and the streets were PACKED – which is
still fun, but it really made us appreciate the magic hour we got here our first night.
there’s something tangible in the air of tallinn – and all the baltic
cities – that makes them so worth visiting. this is more than just another
colorful european town full of charm…it has a gritty (recent) history of being
occupied, and the evidence of that is felt mostly by the strength that the town
has bounced back with. there’s a creative & positive energy here that is so impressive
especially given the negative past. there are rough edges, but the heart of this place is gold.this wall is like this city : it may have some scuffs on it, but they are
implemented into the history and make the picture even prettier.
cheesy, but kind of makes sense right? haha, oh my metaphors.
(chase makes fun of them – i think i got them from my mom! :)
pretty doorways EVERYWHERE.
phone snaps from our first evening walk around ^^
the old town square is one of the best we’ve seen!
and from the square, the city winds all around and only gets better.
a lot of restaurants have traditional estonian food + people
dressed the part. yes they are touristy, but also charming!
the political nerd in me had to see the estonian parliament building.
i think it has to win cutest parliament building in the world!
our favorite view ^^ we came back to this spot at
all different times and different lights for photos.
we also couldn’t stay away from this sweet wall right by this view.
i love what it says, and we took 20 pictures right by it because
i know we’ll love looking back on this travel as “the times we had!”
i have big big plans for our future front door one day after
seeing all of the perfect front doors throughout europe. ^^
one morning we were invited on a hot air balloon ride with balloon tallin!
we didn’t realize it was a different type of tethered helium balloon that takes off
and lands the same place, so it basically just rises straight up (so high) and
stays there without drifting. it was a short ride because it was SOO windy up
there and we actually got really freaked out since we were the only ones
in it and it was kind of tipping- haha! luckily we took a real hot air ballon
the next week in vilnius which wasn’t scary. this provided a great view though!
views from the balloon ^^ this company can be found right by the
ferry docks, so it’s easy coming off a cruise and give a view of old
town. right next to it there is a crane which lifts a table and
chairs in harnesses up for “dinner in the sky.” um, scary!!
taking in the views ^^
old town in one direction, the baltic in the other ^^
happy to be back on the ground, it was into town we went.
medieval details on buildings ^^
beauty all around, from the narrow streets to the rosebushes ^^
this church gives a soviet influence on the european town ^^
it is one of the prettiest buildings to see in person – the sunlight
hits the gold tips at certain hours and it will blow you away!
the artist’s alleyway is also fun to stroll in tallinn, full of just
what you’d expect – local artists & pictures hanging up for sale.
the pastels here tickled my fancy ^^
back to this view for some drone flying ^^
and yes, back to this wall. it made me want to cry from nostalgia every
time we saw it. have you ever had nostalgia for something that isn’t over yet?
does that even make sense? hence the reason i needed to take so many pictures.
remember to eat at kompressor pancake house
for lunch in tallinn. two words: HUGE crepes.
trust me: you will never want to stop wandering these streets.
^^ you may not want to wander this museum though.. haha
for dinner in tallinn, you should head to the city’s hippest restaurant (and store), sfaar.
it has modern influences combined with traditional estonian cooking + flavors.
it’s a perfect example of the way tallinn is thriving. the food
is a taste of old estonia mixed with modern estonia. on top of it all,
the boutique in the restaurant represents new estonia and is so well curated.
butter topped with fresh salt is the sign of a good restaurant to me!
when else do you get to shop around after putting in your food order?
simple dishes done so right ^^
the unique (and beautiful) take on fish n’ chips ^^
^^ a little shopping after dinner and before dessert!
we tried the traditional custard pastry + chocolate apricot
cake, which is estonian birthday cake. interesting, right?
so long, tallinn! we have a big crush on you!